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#178 Craig Wright claims to have mined (very) early blocks

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Docket entry #178 had been published on Court Listener. This purports to answer the question of which public bitcoin addresses were controlled by Craig before 2013, and which were put into the alleged blind trust.

Here Craig claims that he "did not keep track of which Bitcoin blocks he mined", but nonetheless provides a redacted list of blocks that he claims to have mined. Unfortunately it seems that they were not redacted very well...

Using the Linux 'strings' command it is possible to extract the bitcoin addresses from the .pdf. These addresses received the coinbase outputs from mining blocks 26 through 70 (that were almost certainly mined by Satoshi himself). I'm making the assumption that these adresses are actually what the redacted text reveals; I can't prove it, but I can't think of any other reason these would be present in the document. Here they are in tabular form:

Bitcoin addressBlock number
1NnYa2jL24hLgXBbk3TAXHANUQEzXNnSHg70
1JgpRwCt8rm29g3y4FkVKWWck8qEeKgfZv69
1GPrHBrbFjzGVTwA4P4y5QnaDhd3GCYU5x68
17uWtnxcJdpH7pEXXmr1SLrohVxe18B3fD67
1PeWcJrkpHMnUs3t5GvuwcHh1oBHYNoDwG66
1UZhhzWo85osGzNrs1BVjoE3FP8ea2umX65
197x9cjGHGq9ah4AAwduRbu48J9PLiwcFD64
16jZuw5nwn3ZgzWYrRvhi8NZW2b1NRk6S763
12GBk2eiu3AEVvNYTwWYnUz49ecRjJ1CR662
1AiE8NiskCXRovzHdVzAjydQ9V8Dv7Hiy861
16kf2cAY8V7iZjX21Pm8znMJxqa2TYcqQ560
1FERXfs9RYGhhLe2yBsSqYfSqtmUEBUSTc59
14UyXKWBcVHYcqSpxYcmR9JLZu6pArwDrd58
19knNYsDH25AsBGhhoaxnmUKrn9WkVMSUi57
1281ZBYNe7qJGMsGgHL2YgUEEFwCdXQwBq56
18p2otBZ33Ytgk3afUrHsmiPrFLNPiM4G555
1Kc4RPywLu8bK7JvTQJY1MWHo1S4jqQfzM54
1h2Znru8Y624tuVnu1UgUujNACTzaFABz53
17xQEk6df1Zyzvzs3oLPU9k5BZ85uGxC1952
192kkZSRQHrS4dnBoPGgoYB6WeC1HXyYZe51
17iyRRXBHJKbv5DKPPkttWewm3CHdNPGQd50
18K6LJ9wFKSkYDA3dspswRPWiPgNZKvN7d49
1FaUNstQc4FUena9XodmbfHgoMD9yKpT4d48
136g5f3pBidF6q8udL5GGb66CzG7AzBNwv47
1BEKzoSq5kTRNhL9ezh8KJ5vt2NzigQV2K46
1D2zWLwXkdgFw5VtcYVtBhZuq5j4qwiRQP45
1HjE5zRg4eYm7jCHB9oSH5WbyZdH1GE2Ns44
1Bhq4Uz1Cg8vZLWy5uT3X3Ea3XDSNvkvCM43
1DnzNm7QC479kSydvzmgb16X2c5GwRVzs142
1DEwdHYmo8q6AhSHG7UgxEjttNMFdw9e7u41
1AQ2m6GH78oLgZYCdueUb4Zjxg1L6BkHZM40
1KzvBTUbdwNBXiTkzr1msFUtPf7Vu2zLiu39
1DpSDwF12wX5ogkS2HXabT7iWtCkAqJD9k38
1DpJP16GXSht3hJ5DZDumKcwAFqQQVkffN37
1NHHWnZKTetjZZfAbVjTS9EHQafdH6xn8a36
16bo8EmUnLJAmtDNavgcs1BQ5rU4YcR9UC35
1BTsxjF9rXtFvUZ2UFditbeUpohGgKCxUt34
1MKRkcXG7cUb83EGNjK5TSHcKgVjVMTou533
1Bw7RG9a19SjCNszmXQZhBwe1gEj4Vb2JZ32
1PHB5i7JMEZCKvcjYSQXPbi5oSK8DoJucS31
17x23dNjXJLzGMev6R63uyRhMWP1VHawKc30
1GnYgH4V4kHdYEdHwAczRHXwqxdY7xars129
18a3JX7ZZvu5CdaqY33RxzXB3ytEjspsGq28
1G43MvhzCqRz1ctsQUmgU4LgLuSVdfU55727
1KDnp5D9sEUNGFY2z4JiKhwfbm7zqYp4Bz26

Block 26 was mined at 2009-01-10 06:54:10, and block 1 was mined at 2009-01-09 02:54:25.

None of the coinbase outputs in the blocks listed above have ever been spent. So if these were somehow transferred into a trust, it wasn't by sending them on the blockchain.

Looks like Craig has gone all-in with the court on this!

Update: WizSec have published their analysis showing that the first 70 blocks' coinbase addresses, when superimposed on the redacted text, line up exactly. So it looks like Craig is claiming the first 70 blocks as his. I'm not sure why only 26-70 were included as cleartext in the .pdf.